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Good Samaritans rescue five from life raft

Good Samaritans aboard the 98-foot fishing vessel Aleutian Beauty rescued five fishermen Sunday from a life raft in Alaska’s Bering Sea.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders in Juneau received a personal locator beacon alert followed by an EPIRB alert Sunday morning prompting callouts to the vessel, issuance of the bulletin and the launch of Kodiak-based Coast Guard aircraft in Kodiak and deployed to Cold Bay and Sitka.

Weather conditions were reportedly 22 mph winds with seas up to four feet and good visibility.

At last report, the 59-foot Kodiak-based Western Venture is still afloat and emitting smoke from a reported fire aboard the vessel. The fishing vessel is unlit and adrift.

Click here for a report by the Anchorage Daily News.